Huge drug farm found in Wrexham village

Reporter:

Rebecca Cole

A CANNABIS farm has been uncovered containing hundreds of plants with an estimated street value of tens of thousands of pounds.

Police officers swooped on an address in Ruabon at about 2.30pm yesterday where they arrested two men on suspicion of cultivating the drug.

North Wales Police were acting on a drugs warrant issued following an anonymous tip-off from a member of the public and officers were sent to investigate the property on the former Lindisfarne Girls’ College site.

According to Neighbourhood Policing Sergeant Mark Williams, based at Rhos Police Station, a team of six officers used force to enter the property before uncovering roughly 250 fully mature plants and 100 young saplings.

He said: “This was an intelligence-led operation which was run by the local Neighbourhood Policing Team based at Rhos and was part of our ongoing effort to tackle drugs.”

A 41-year-old man and a 16-year-old youth were taken to Wrexham Police Station for questioning.

Cllr Joan Lowe, who represents Penycae and Ruabon South, said she was shocked.

“I’m very surprised something like this has happened in such a nice residential area,” she said. “But I guess you never really know what’s going on under your nose.

“I’m very glad this was uncovered before the drugs found their way onto the open market for our youngsters to find.

“And it’s good to know that this was a result of information from the public. We’ve all got a responsibility to our communities to pass on any information about this kind
of thing.”

A spokesman for North Wales Police said: “Two people were arrested on suspicion of the cultivation of cannabis after police executed a warrant on Thursday afternoon at a property on the Wynnstay Hall Estate in Ruabon, Wrexham.

“A warrant was executed under the Misuse of Drugs Act and a quantity of cannabis plants were found at the property.”

Anyone with information can call 101 if in Wales or 0845 6071001 for the Welsh language line and 0845 6071002 for English. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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